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Gophers women's basketball crushed 70-51 at Nebraska

There was a stretch in the second quarter of a game that had not yet gotten out of control when the Gophers women's basketball team, on the road in Nebraska, forced turnovers on four straight Cornhuskers possessions.

And it didn't result in a point.

This is a microcosm of Nebraska's 79-51 victory over the Gophers, a game the Huskers led by 29 with just over 3 minutes left in the game. Nebraska (19-9 overall, 11-6 in the Big Ten) won its third straight game and it's fifth in six games as it continues the quest for a double-bye in the upcoming Big Ten Conference tournament. The Gophers (15-12, 5-11) lost their second straight and for the eighth time in nine games.

Simply put: Without injured starters Mara Braun and Sophie Hart the Gophers offense continues to struggle.

Their 51 points was the Gophers' third-lowest total of the season. They were out-scored 13-4 to end the first quarter and trailed by 12. By halftime the Gophers had scored a season-low 21 points and were trailing by 13, with the Huskers scoring 12 points off nine Gophers turnovers, Minnesota scoring none on eight Huskers mistakes.

When Nebraska started subbing out their veteran players on senior day, the Huskers led by 29.

It was that kind of game on a day in which the Gophers were out-rebounded 38-30, out-scored 19-6 on second-chance points, 24-6 off the bench, 17-8 off turnovers. The Gophers held Nebraska to 43.1-percent shooting, but struggled on the defensive glass. Nebraska played fairly straight-up defense, but the starting Gophers turned the ball over early, with 14 of 15 turnovers coming in the first three quarters. The starting backcourt of Amaya Battle and Janay Sanders combined for 10 turnovers.

The Huskers made 11 of 27 three-pointers, scoring 33 points from behind the arc. The Gophers missed their first 14 attempts and finished 3-for-17.

Mallory Heyer had a strong day for Minnesota, getting her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She made six of 12 shots. The rest of the Gophers were 17-for-45. Battle had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Grace Grocholsi had 10.

The Huskers got a 10-point, 12-reboud double-double from Alex Markowski, 16 points and seven assists from Jaz Shelley and 12 points and seven boards from Natalie Potts.

The Star Tribune did not send the writer of this article to the game. This was written using a broadcast, interviews and other material.